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The Kinematic Models for Design (KMODDL) Historical Books and Articles

Cornell University Library (CUL) digitized fifty full-text works on kinematics and the history and theory of machines as part of the NSF-funded phase of the KMODDL project. The KMODDL e-books are open to all via an online viewer and can also be freely downloaded chapter-by-chapter in PDF format. The collection contains mostly 19th- and early 20th-century books including Reuleau's major works, as well as Willis' Principles of Mechanism (1841), Kennedy's Mechanics of Machinery (1886), and Durley's Kinematics of Machines (1907), among many others. Several are much older rare titles from Cornell Library's History of Science Collection, including Böckler's Theatrum machinarum novum (1661), Leupold's Theatrum machinarum generale (1724), and Evans's Young Mill-Wright and Miller's Guide (1795).

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The KMODDL e-books are open to the general public, in accordance with the terms set forth in the Guidelines for Using Text and Images from Cornell Digital Library Collections.

Böckler, Theatrum Machinarum Novum, 1661.